TANZANIA is home to one of Africa's most magnificent game reserves,
namely the Selous Game Reserve, but most famous has to be the
Serengeti, where one of the world's greatest natural spectacles, the
annual migration of some two million wildebeest followed by their
predators can be observed. The Serengeti holds some of the largest
concentrations of lion, cheetah and leopard in Africa, and is
probably the best national game park on the continent to see these
predators. Safaris are made by vehicle, usually 4x4, by Air, on
foot, on horseback, or even from a balloon.
East Africa is considered to have climatic perfection. Although it
can be hot and sticky by the sea, inland the air is dry and even at
midday the temperatures are comfortable.
Sunrise occurs between 0600hrs and 0630hrs while sunset takes place
1800 - 1830hrs.
A valid visa for those not exempted.
Tourist visa for American (USA) citizens has been raised from USD 50
to USD 100, effective September 2007. The visa is now called
“Multiple Entry Visa”, regardless of visitor traveling on a single
entry arrangement, and will be valid for three months. There has not
been any change on visa fees for other nationalities.
Personal effects including binoculars, camera and film, may be
imported temporarily duty free.
A Customs bond may be demanded of visitors bringing in video/filming
equipment, radios, tape recorders, and musical instruments to ensure
the goods are re-exported.
Firearms require a special permit.
A duty free allowance is effected on one liter of liquor; 200
cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; and 250ml of perfume.
Additional items are subject to Customs duty.
TRANSPORTATION TO TANZANIA
There are many flights from Europe to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
International Airports and to Zanzibar Airport.
Airlines serving Tanzania include:
Air Tanzania, Alliance Air, Air Zimbabwe, Air India, British
Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, KLM,
Royal Swazi, Swissair, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Air India, Pakistan
International Airline and Emirates Air.
Coach, Bus and Taxi services are available.
Airport facilities include a duty-free shop, restaurant, bank, post
office, car hire and hotel reservations.
Tanzania is accessible by Sea through Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania is also accessible by Rail and Road from other countries.
Please make arrangements with us if you intend to enter the country
A US$ 20 departure tax in cash is payable by all passengers
departing on international flights. Departure from Zanzibar into a
destination within Tanzania, the tax is TShs.200. An additional 10
per cent of the ticket value will be paid as sales tax on all
tickets issued in Zanzibar. Please check with us on the prevailing
amounts payable prior to your flight departure.
The Tanzania shilling (TSHS or TZS), divided into 100 cents, is the
national currency. It is illegal to import /export the currency. It
is a legal offence to deface local currency.
Visitors may bring in as much foreign currency as they wish, and no
currency declaration form is required. Foreign currency may be
changed at authorized banks, Forex bureau De Change and designated
Credit cards: (Access, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Euro
card, and Dinners) are accepted.
PTA travelers' cheques, Sterling pounds, US dollars or Rand are
Visitors to Zanzibar are required to pay for their expenses in hard
currency. Any amount of foreign currency brought into Zanzibar must
be declared at the airport. The currency may be exchanged at the
National Bank of Commerce or with an authorized dealer and the
receipt obtained should be preserved until the time of departure.
Telephone (including GSM technology), Fax, E-mail, Internet and
telex services are generally available to most parts of the world.
Tanzania is on the Eastern side of the African continent:
30 degrees - 40 degrees East of Greenwich
2 degrees - 12 degrees South of the Equator
Visitors must be in possession of valid health documentation on
arrival. The regulations vary depending on nationality and country
of origin and should be checked with the nearest tourist office or
diplomatic mission. Inoculation centers in the country of origin
will provide updated information and advice on health regulations
and recommendations (yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are
recommended as is anti-malaria medication). Malaria exists
throughout the year in all areas including urban areas. Resistance
to Chloroquine is confirmed.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION
It is provided at Kilimanjaro International Airport at a cost of 50$
On arrival the passengers must first go to the health desk then to
Immigration desk, no passport will be accepted at immigration desk
without a stamp from Health department.
Visitors need feel no concern for their general health during their
stay. However, malaria is endemic in certain areas and anti-malaria
medication should be taken according to prescription
recommendations. Visitor requiring special medication should pack
sufficient supplies. Chemist shops are available, but we recommend
you carry your own supplies.
THE FLYING DOCTORS' SOCIETY OF AFRICA:
We would strongly recommend that clients take out a temporary
tourist membership of this Society, if not covered already by their
international insurance. In case of serious illness or injury, the
Flying Doctors' Society will provide emergency treatment and air
transportation to the nearest hospital. Please note that enrollment
does not include the cost of medical expenses incurred.
Normal precautions as in any other destination worldwide should be
taken. Keep a close watch on handbags, wallets and cameras when
walking in crowded places and avoid walking at night, you should
take a taxi. Please put all valuables in safety deposit boxes at
hotels and lodges and only carry little amounts of cash. Wear as
little jewelers as possible, if any, and never leave valuables on
show in an unattended car or tour bus.
ADVISABLE VISITING TIMES
Northern Tanzania: July - March
Southern Tanzania: June - March
Zanzibar and Mafia: July - March
Western Tanzania: May - March
Local time is GMT + 3hrs.
Cotton tops, khaki trousers and light comfortable shoes with
absorbent socks. Light-weight clothing supplemented by sweaters for
the evening is most practical. Rainwear is needed during the rainy
season. Safari clothing should be casual and comfortable. Please try
to respect Tanzania's traditions on modesty in public places.
If any of the public holidays listed below falls on Saturdays or
Sundays then the public holiday would be effected from the following
New Year - January 1st
Zanzibar Revolutionary Day - January 12th
Union Day - April 26th
Workers Day - May 1st
Industrial Day - July 7th
Peasants Day - August 8th
Independence Day - December 9th
Christmas Day - December 25th
Boxing Day - December 26th
Good Friday - As per calendar dates
Easter Monday - As per calendar dates
Eid El Fitri - 2 Days on sighting the moon
Eid El Haji - 1 Day on sighting the moon
Maulid Day - 1 Day on sighting the moon
We recommend you bring your own film as film in Tanzania. An ultra
violet filter, waterproof dust cover and spare batteries are
essential. A pair of good quality binoculars for each person will be
a great asset.
Note: Taking photographs at airports, near military installations,
of policemen, the President, the national flag, the State House,
state lodges, soldiers, prisons and prisoners etc., is prohibited.
Before photographing local people, permission should be obtained.
Seek the assistance of your driver/guide in this matter.
Banks and Forex bureau De Change are available at the Airport and in
all main towns.
Monday - Friday: 08h30 - 12h30
Saturdays: 08h30 - 13h30 A few branches in the major towns open
The standard check-out time is 10.00hrs hence rooms may not be ready
for occupation until 12.00hrs. Should an early arrival be
anticipated, please reserve rooms from the preceding night. Day
rooms up to 18.00hrs are usually available.
Driving is on the left in Tanzania. A national driving license or
International Driving Permit is required.
Most hotels, game lodges and safari camps offer a 24-hour laundry
Electrical supply is generally 230 volts AC, 50 Hz. All
installations are British standard and all appliances should be
fitted with pin plugs of British specification.
We recommend you get personal luggage insurance before leaving home.
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